Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Where's It Wednesday—LXXXV

Where in Seattle is this?

Somewhere in Seattle... but where?

Answer next week.

Details on the weekly Where's It Wednesday puzzle here.
Other weeks' puzzles here.
Answer to last week's puzzle, after the jump.

Last week's picture shows a statue of Washington's second governor, John Harte McGraw. In office the last decade of the 19th Century, he was also a sheriff of the King County Police, where he served with distinction:
In February 1886, as sheriff, he repelled vigilantes who were trying to round up Chinese Americans in Seattle and send them back to China. When the vigilantes arrived in Seattle, he deputized 400 citizens to protect the Chinese. When a ship arrived to take them back to China, he boarded the vessel and said it couldn't leave. McGraw told the Chinese that he would protect those who wished to stay in Seattle. Gunfire erupted, and a bullet went through McGraw's hat and two through his coat, Pattison said. The vigilantes finally ran away. This is noted as being one of his proudest moments.

Statue of John Harte McGraw in Seattle

The statue is at 5th and Stewart by the terminus of the South Lake Union Trolley Streetcar across from the Westin hotel. The inscription on the base reads:
This commemorates the services of an energetic and wise leader in many enterprises undertaken for the general welfare, especially the project for connecting Lake Washington with the water by a ship canal.
Few sport moustaches like his anymore:

John Harte McGraw

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